This week, we begin with an article about the lack of data during crises and how good data can both help resolve crises and provide tremendous benefits. Next, we look at how companies can transition from traditional static data lakes to a network of interconnected data ecosystems. In the aftermath of the personal data leak of half a billion Facebook users, the following article addresses Facebook’s attempt to normalise the concept of mass scraping of personal data. Following that is a report on the rise of stolen digital identity sold on the deep web marketplace. Next is an article about a multibillion-dollar lawsuit filed against TikTok for harvesting children’s personal information without prior consent, in violation of UK and EU data protection laws. Finally, we have a piece about a solar and wind-powered saildrone that will navigate the oceans collecting weather and ocean data.
Why bad times call for good data
Watching the Ever Given wedge itself across the Suez Canal, it would have taken a heart of stone not to laugh. But it was yet another unpleasant reminder that the unseen gears in our global economy can all too easily grind or stick. From the shutdown of Texas’s plastic polymer manufacturing to a threat, to vaccine production from a shortage of giant plastic bags, we keep finding out the hard way that modern life relies on weak links in surprising places.
The Dawn Of Data Ecosystems
As businesses increasingly rely on data to make strategic decisions, companies across all industries have embraced data lakes: huge repositories of raw data that they can query to help answer questions and gain competitive insights.
Facebook Wants to ‘Normalize’ the Mass Scraping of Personal Data
Facebook wants to “normalize” the idea that large scale scraping of user data from social networks like its own is a common occurrence, as the company continues to face fallout from a leak of over 500 million Facebook users’ phone numbers.
Number of stolen digital identities on deep web marketplace skyrockets, Netacea claims
A new report by bot detection and mitigation specialist Netacea has shown a 250 percent increase in stolen digital identities sold on the deep web marketplace Genesis Market in the last two years. Dubbed ‘Buying Bad Bots Wholesale: The Genesis Market,’ the new document shows an increase from 100,000 illegally obtained identities in April 2019 to over 350,000 today.
TikTok Sued Over Use of Minors’ Data
Video-sharing social networking service TikTok is being sued for billions of dollars over its alleged mishandling of children’s data. TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has more than 800 million users worldwide. Internal company data from July 2020 reported by the New York Times showed 18 million TikTok users were aged 14 years or younger.
Drones roam oceans for climate data
The Gulf Stream, the warm water current that weaves a serpentine path from the west Atlantic to the United Kingdom, routinely brews some of the most extreme winter storms in the Northern Hemisphere, disrupting shipping while affecting weather throughout the globe.